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‘Daddy Issues’ script attracts actor because ‘there’s nothing standard about it’

Andrew Pifko in a scene from the independent film “Daddy Issues.”

Reading script after script can be tiresome.

Yet when there’s a spark, Andrew Pifko jumps at the chance.

That’s what drew the actor to the role of Simon Craw in the independent film “Daddy Issues.”

“You see a lot of stock romantic comedy, and even before you start working on it, you can tell where it’s going,” he says. “With this script, there’s nothing standard about it. It’s a new take on the world.”

According to the film synopsis, the story revolves around Maya, played by Madison Lawlor, a queer pixie artist who meets and falls madly in love with her insta-crush, Jasmine.

Andrew Pifko

Then Maya discovers Jasmine’s passionate relationship with a secret sugar daddy, Simon.

The accolades for the film have already rolled in, as Pifko was nominated for best lead actor at the Nice International Film Festival in France, and at the Northern Virginia International Film Festival. The film is also available on digital platforms.

Pifko found himself having to transform for the role.

“Like any role, you start with yourself,” he says. “I had to think of what’s an extreme exaggeration of myself. I would never go to the dark place in real life. So I had to push myself to the extreme. I think I go there with Simon.”

Pifko likes to keep busy and vary his projects.

Earlier this year, he appeared in the Super Bowl commercial for Stella Artois with Sarah Jessica Parker and Jeff Bridges.

He’s also starring in BYUtv’s “Dwight in Shining Armor,” which airs Monday nights online.

Not to mention, he’s a series regular on Netflix’s “Carmen Sandiego,” in which he voices multiple characters alongside “Jane the Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez.

When he’s not on set, Pifko can be seen singing and performing as the lead in Second City Hollywood’s production of “More Guns: The NRA Musical,” which runs through August.

“A good audition will feel like the first rehearsal,” he says. “You get the clarity and the logistics of production. I often think that everybody should direct or perform in commercials to tell a story. This is the only place you have about a minute to get a message across. It’s a tough game.”

The need to be on stage didn’t hit Pifko until after college.

In fact, the Canadian native holds an honors degree in zoology and microbiology from the University of Toronto.

He also spent a year each in Japan and Israel teaching English before becoming an actor and graduating from the Upright Citizen Brigade’s Improv and Musical Improv programs.

“I love a fresh take, which is why improv is important,” he says. “Having that challenge in front of me gives me the satisfaction when I accomplish it.”

SEND ME YOUR TIPS: If you know of a movie filming in the state, or are curious about one, email film@ABQjournal.com. Follow me on Twitter @agomezART.

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